October 23, 2023

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Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended to November 16 for Most Californians
The Internal Revenue Service last week announced that it has extended until November 16 the deadline for Californians in every county except Lassen, Modoc and Shasta counties to file their 2022 federal income tax returns. That same day, California’s Franchise Tax Board announced that it has correspondingly extended the deadline for residents of 55 counties to file their state income tax returns.

Tax return deadlines had previously been extended through last Monday; the recent state and federal announcements grant filers an additional month to submit their tax documents. Officials had previously announced in March that the tax filing deadline would be extended in 55 counties after the Federal Emergency Management Agencies had issued disaster declarations in those counties relating to “severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides” that hit the state in late 2022 and early 2023.

New Episode of Stories from California Cattle Country
A new episode of Stories from California Cattle Country, “Cattlemen’s Livestock Market w/Jake Parnell in Galt, CA” is out now! Stories from California Cattle Country is produced by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council. To listen to the episode click here.

USDA’s NRCS Extends Storm Assistance Deadline
The California State office of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that producers impacted by this winter’s severe storms have until December 29 to apply for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). All California counties who were impacted by severe storms or subsequent flooding from December 2022 through April 2023 are eligible for the ECP. For additional details, see NRCS’s announcement, here.

National Cattlemen’s Foundation Encourages Undergraduate Students to Apply for Beef Industry Scholarship 
The National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) is encouraging undergraduate students to apply for the 2024 CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship. The application deadline is Nov. 10, 12pm CT. For more information and to apply click here.

2023 Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV)
From the California Department of Food and Agriculture Animal Health Branch
The VSV incident and situation in California remains active and ongoing, and continues to require vigilance throughout the state. Ongoing and active outreach to encourage prompt reporting of suspect lesions in horses and susceptible livestock and an immediate movement of any suspect animals will continue to assist with preventing virus spread by infected animals. To learn more, see the August 14 edition of Legislative Bulletin.

107th CCA + CCW Annual Convention Attendee Registration Open
Attendee registration for the 2023 CCA/CCW Convention is now open! Register, reserve your room in CCA’s room block and get more information at https://calcattlemen.org/convention2023. An updated convention schedule can be viewed here. Click the links below for more resources related to the event. Attendee Registration | Reserve your Tradeshow Booth Now | Sponsorship Opportunities.

Upcoming CCA Events

107th CCA + CCW Annual Convention and Industry Tradeshow
Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, The Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, Nev.
Attendee registration and the hotel room block for the 2023 CCA/CCW Convention is now open! Register, reserve your room in CCA’s room block and get more information at https://calcattlemen.org/convention2023. Click the links below for more resources related to the event. Reserve your Tradeshow Booth Now | Sponsorship Opportunities. For further information, click here. A revised schedule is now available on our website. To view the schedule, click here.

Participate in the 2023 Cattlemen’s Poster Session
Participate in the 2023 Cattlemen’s Poster Session at the 107th CCA/CCW Convention and California Cattle Industry Tradeshow in Reno happening Nov. 29 – Dec. 1. The goal of the session is to inform attendees about ongoing beef cattle research and education efforts being conducted in California. Posters can be on something that was presented at previous meetings and there is no limit to the number of posters brought from each lab/program. Click here for full details on how to reserve a place for your postere by Nov. 3.

Upcoming Industry Events

CalVTP Field Training: Sierra Foothills, Vista Del Rio Project 
Nov. 1, 2023, 1pm – 5pm, Oakhurst, CA
Learn about fuel reduction projects at Vista Del Rio in Oakhurst, CA. Attendees will further their knowledge on how CalFire used CalVTP at Vista Del Rio. For further information and to register, click here.

UCCE Offers AB 589 Water Measurement and Reporting Course 
November 6, 2023, 9:00am-12:30pm, UCANR Building in Davis, CA
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) will offer a water measurement and reporting course, as authorized by CCA-sponsored AB 589 (2017) and SB 880 (2022), on Monday, November 6. Given the limited number of trainings offered in 2023, early registration is encouraged. Registration is $30 and pre-registration is required. For additional details and to register for the training, click here or contact Larry Forero or Sara Jaimes.

42nd Annual Agribusiness Management Conference 
Nov. 8, 2023, Pardini’s Catering and Banquents, Fresno, CA
The 42nd Annual Agribusiness Management Conference will take place, Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Pardini’s Catering and Banquets in Fresno. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers covering topics including agriculture technology, water policy impacts and much more. To learn more about the conference, click here. To register, click here.

2024 NCBA Annual Convention 
Jan. 31, 2024 – Feb. 2, 2024, Orlando, FL
Registration for the 2024 CattleCon is now open. Here attendees will have the opportunity to network, learn and advocate for the beef industry. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

Industry News

Managing Medusahead grass with cattle Beef Magazine “A multi-year study involving University of Idaho researchers has found allowing late-fall and winter grazing on rangeland heavily infested with invasive Medusahead grass could provide extra forage for cattlemen while reducing wildfire fuel.” To continue reading, click here.

No, mRNA vaccines aren’t being added to the U.S. food supply through ‘vaccine-tainted meat’ VERIFY “The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is the federal agency charged with licensing and regulating animal vaccines. As of Oct. 20, 2023, there are no mRNA vaccines being used in cattle in the U.S., a USDA spokesperson told VERIFY. A spokesperson for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) also told us there are currently no mRNA vaccines licensed for use in beef cattle in the U.S. or worldwide.” To continue reading, click here.

California weighs ending climate credits for cow poop Cal Matters “The California Air Resources Board is planning to overhaul its fuel standard, including consideration of a 2040 phaseout of credits that put a premium on using methane emitted by cows to produce natural gas. About half of the state’s methane emissions come from dairy and livestock, so collecting the gases wafting off of manure keeps them out of the atmosphere and offers a renewable source of fuel.” To continue reading, click here.


A new episode ofSorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcastis out now! In this episode Jimmy Maxey and Mike Smith, two past memers of the board that runs the Beef Checkoff, known as the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, sit down with Katie to explain how the Cattlemen’s Beef Board operates, including who is on the board and how decision of what gets funded are made. To listen to the episode click here.

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